Top Off Your TBR: October 2022 Edition

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 29, 2022 4:18:08 PM / by Suzanne

We are officially in the Spooky Season! Hocus Pocus 2 is on Disney + starting September 30, so I'm not sure why you're even reading this instead of watching the Sanderson sisters rise again. But...

If you haven't already, check out these two fun reading bingo challenges:

But Do They Bang: Bang in the Night 2: The Monster Smash - This is not all about monsters, but is really quite flexible and spooky/spoopy. Runs September 19-October 31.

Fall In Love Bingo - General fall theme, runs September 1-November 30. These are quarterly, so if you miss it you can expect one for winter afterward. (Please, I hope Jen and Aarya continue!)

 My birthday is this month, so I'm probably going to be up to some nonsense (and maybe yelling about the Supreme Court, sorry) over on Instagram where I'm @loveinpanels.

I also want to mention that October is when the majority of Christmas romances are released. Those aren't my thing, so I didn't include many on this list. They're everywhere though, so enjoy!

Happy October!

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Books I've Read Early:

Disclosure: I received copies of these books from the publisher for review.

built-to-lastBuilt to Last, by Erin Hahn - Former teen TV stars are reunited for a home renovation show in this estranged-friends to lovers romance. Built to Last reads a bit like Birds of California and made me wonder if we're getting a new micro-genre: the Britney Spears/Lindsay Lohan redemption romance. These books feature heroines who were famous as young teens, then went off the metaphorical rails in full view of an intrusive, exploitative media and public. Now they've been out of the spotlight for years and have worked to rebuild their lives and recover from trauma, only to be roped back into it when someone else wants a reboot. This is Hahn's adult debut, so if you've liked her YA and want a more adult vibe (complete with open door sex scenes) this might work for you.

The Orc From the Office, by Kate Prior - Reviewed here. Workplace monster romance between a human HR employee and an orc who works in IT.

lavender-houseLavender House, by Lev A.C. Rosen - I reviewed this for Shelf Awareness and I really liked it! It's a queer Knives Out, with found family, a soap empire and a maybe-murder at the center. Readers should be aware though that there is a detailed on-page gay bashing that was hard to read and that the main character is a disgraced cop, kicked off the force when he was caught in a raid on a gay club.

The Story of the Hundred Promises, by Neil Cochrane - Whatever you hear, this is not a retelling of Beauty & the Beast. I was lured in by the premise of trans Beauty & the Beast and that was a lie. However, if you go into it knowing that this is a weird fantasy novel with one part road trip, one part nonbinary enchanter (the Wicked Witch in all the stories), one part trans sailor trying to save someone and one part strained family relationships, you'll be on the right track. This is very queer and I had a good time, but it is absolutely not a BatB retelling, loose or otherwise.


Also out this month (not all are romance):

All titles in red are links to Amazon. Check out the full list here.

October 1 - The Orc From the Office, by Kate Prior (Reviewed here)

October 4 - When Life Gives You Vampires, by Gloria Duke

a-scatter-of-lightOctober 4 - You're a Mean One, Matthew Prince, by Timothy Janovsky

October 4 - Blackmail and Bibingka, by Mia P. Manansala

October 4 - A Scatter of Light, by Malinda Lo

October 4 - Hallows End, by Kristen Proby

October 4 - So This is Christmas, by Jenny Holiday

October 4 - Extra Witchy, by Ann Aguirre

October 4 - Just Like Magic, by Sarah Hogle

a-curse-of-queensOctober 4 - A Curse of Queens, by Amanda Bouchet

October 4 - A Little Too Late, by Sarina Bowen

October 4 - Peculiar Tastes series (6 books, ebook versions following Kickstarter with Bonkers Romance)

October 4 - Bad Bishop, by Layla Reyne

October 4 - The Story of the Hundred Promises, by Neil Cochrane

October 4 - Anne of Greenville (Graphic Novel), by Mariko Tamaki

October 4 - Hollow (Graphic Novel), by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White and Berenice Nelle

a-turn-of-the-tideOctober 4 - A Turn of the Tide, by Kelley Armstrong

October 6 - Quarantined Alien Prisoner, by Robin Lovett

October 7 - Bound by the Monster: A Monster Erotica Anthology

October 11 - The Belle of Belgrave Square, by Mimi Matthews

October 11 - Season of Love, by Helena Greer

October 11 - Mistakes Were Made, by Meryl Wilsner

October 11 - The Kraken's Sacrifice, by Katee Robert

lore-olympus-3October 11 - Lore Olympus Vol. 3, by Rachel Smythe

October 11 - On the Hustle, by Adriana Herrera

October 11 - Mirka Andolfo's Sweet Paprika, Vol. 2 (Graphic novel)

October 11 - The Player Next Door, by Elizabeth Davis

October 11 - Princess of Souls, by Alexandra Christo

October 11 - Hard Pressed, by Aurora Rey

October 18 - What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher

October 18 - Own Me, by Lily X

blood-moonOctober 18 - Blood Moon, by Jillian Graves

October 18 - Lavender House, by Lev A.C. Rosen

October 18 - Partners in Crime, by Alisha Rai

October 18 - Built to Last, by Erin Hahn

October 18 - A Cosmic Kind of Love, by Samantha Young

October 18 - Love From Mecca to Medina, by S.K. Ali - chcek date

October 18 - Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken, by Nita Tyndall

October 21 - Sabbatical, by Katrina Jackson

October 25 - Into the Riverlands, by Nghi Vo

snowbound-in-her-bosss-bedOctober 25 - Snowbound in Her Boss's Bed (a Hanukkah holiday romance), by Marcella Bell

October 25 - Imperfect Angel, by Christi Barth

October 25 - The Stand-Up Groomsman, by Jackie Lau

October 25 - Archangel's Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15), by Nalini Singh

October 25 - Enchanted by Her, by Chelsea M. Cameron

October 25 - A Touch of Moonlight, by Yaffia S. Santos

hollow-oathOctober 28 - Hollow Oath, by W.M. Fawkes (Part of a multi-author m/m horror series)

October 31 - Resting Witch Face, by Juliette Cross

October 31 - Faith & the Dead End Devils, by Kathryn Moon

Reminder: all of these books are collected in a list over at Amazon for your convenience.


What October books are you looking forward to reading?


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